Addressing Concerns About Business School

Good news! The following concerns about business school are just that: concerns.

Concern 1: Business school is too expensive, especially in an uncertain economy

Consider these statistics:

  • The newest class of graduate business degree holders posted robust employment rates in 2013. Overall, 90% of class of 2013 alumni reported being employed within three months of graduation.

  • Three-quarters (74%) of the class of 2013 say they could not have obtained their job without their graduate management education.*

Concern 2: I need a high GMAT score to get into a competitive program

Most business schools consider your entire application, not just your GMAT score. Of course, if you're not satisfied with your score, you can retake the exam – just follow the strategies in Study Smart for Your Best GMAT and Test Taking Strategies.

Concern 3: My undergrad record is weak and will prevent me from getting into a good business school

Schools look at your entire body of work. Your previous academic record (GPA) is considered along with your work experience as detailed on your resume and GMAT score. If you think your undergraduate record does not accurately reflect your academic ability, be sure to explain why. 

Concern 4: I don’t have the time or energy that business school demands

There are actually many program options that you can choose from to fit your lifestyle, from an intense, one-year program to a part-time program. Learn more about the business school experience from current MBA students.

Concern 5: I should wait until I am absolutely sure of my future career plans before applying to business school

The management and quantitative skills you’ll acquire in business school are in high demand. Learn more from employers about the skills companies seek.


 *GMAC (2013). B-School Follow Up: Class of 2013

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